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The Latinx empowerment podcast discussing politics, pop culture, and how to balance it all con calma! Through Tamarindo, hosts Ana Sheila Victorino and Brenda Gonzalez use levity to inform, inspire, and impact our community. Join Brenda and Ana Sheila as they delve into discussions on identity, race, gender, representation, and life! Each episode brings a reflection on current political events, and suggestions for mindfulness and grounding, or what we call calma moments.
 
A Costa Rica Surf Culture Podcast. Brought to you by Joe Walsh, the founder of Witch's Rock Surf Camp in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Join Joe, Niki, and P-MAC as we discuss surfing in Costa Rica and taking surf trips around the world. Listen to interviews with surf industry veterans, surf travelers, and other worldly surfing characters. Enjoy the show. Email any questions or comments to getoutandsurfCR@gmail.com Come stay with us at Witch's Rock Surf Camp in Tamarindo. http://witchsrocksurfcamp.c ...
 
My Immigrant Life is a podcast dedicated to break down the stereotypes of immigrants by shining the spotlight on their struggles, perseverance, and triumphs.Our mission is to provide a platform for immigrants to speak up, share their stories, and be heard. Through the power of their stories, they are able to connect with a larger audience, gain respect, and inspire.Join us every other Tuesday and learn why our guest left their country and how they overcame adversity. You'll be surprise by wh ...
 
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Ana Sheila and Brenda love traveling to Mexico and many folks, like Ana Sheila, have made the relocation from the US to Mexico City in recent years. Our friend Alma Tilghman, founder of the travel company Alma Explores joins us to talk about living and traveling in Mexico. Before our chat with Alma, Brenda and Ana Sheila catch up and talk about tak…
 
We talk to Top Broker for Tropical Homes of Costa Rica, Jen Dalton. She's been in the area for nearly 20 years and knows the rental and real estate market like none other. We chat about the listings she has that she would invest in, why and what returns can be expected. She gives us her opinion on whether you should be in a rush to buy and describe…
 
We talk with David Karr, the Top Broker of CR Properties and with over 15 years of experience in Jaco and Central Pacific Real Estate. He also owns some vacation rentals himself and gives us his opinion on what to look for when it comes to creating returns on a Costa Rica Vacation Rental. With supply being an issue, a lot of new preconstruction dea…
 
Shame is the voice in our ear that tells us we’re not enough, that asks us who we think we are when we have the courage to try to do or be. On this episode of Tamarindo, we are joined by guest Angelica Maria, a Chicana poet & singer. She is an advocate of divine femme power, an internationally touring artist & mami of the poetry book “They Call Me”…
 
In our 80th episode, we sit down with Kasey Ventura, the director of Land and Tenant Justice at the Vermont & Beverly Community Land Trust, a non-profit housing organization which serves communities in Koreatown, Little Bangladesh, East Hollywood, and more. Kasey and I discuss the definition of a community land trust, as well as how its very struct…
 
The 80th episode for J.T. the L.A. Storyteller Podcast arrives next Monday, November 29th. In the meantime, we bring listeners’ attention to an East Hollywood Neighborhood Council meeting taking place via Zoom on Tuesday, November 23rd starting at 7 PM, on what’s being framed as “illegal” street vending in the LACC area/Vermont avenue stretch. As l…
 
Today we chat we Top Broker & Co-Owner Todd Cutter of 2CostaRicaRealEstate about luxury home auctions in Costa Rica, how they work, the process and what deals people can expect to receive from joining one. Todd also gives us some info on buying and investing in the Central Valley areas of San Jose, Escazu and Santa Ana. E-mail us: info@investingcos…
 
We talk to Karina Clarke, realtor for Tropisphere Real Estate, about opportunities in the surrounding beach towns outside of Santa Teresa & Mal Pais. These areas are some of the most expensive in the country, but just 10 minutes away, you can enjoy fantastic ocean, jungle and mountain views for up to 50% less. Karina describes the areas of Montezum…
 
We’ve partnered with Con Todo Press, a publishing company dedicated to creating children’s books that celebrate Latino leaders and culture to help fill the gap in the publishing industry, where Latina/o/x stories are vastly under-represented, to talk about the importance of Latinx representation in children’s books. We speak to Con Todo Press found…
 
This week Lily Fatjo, an interior designer in Guanacaste gives us her advice and tips on how interior design can have an impact on your property value and rental income. She discusses the hot design trends at the moment, what your house should have and should not have. She also gives us her advice on buying and investing in Costa Rica as well as wh…
 
We chat with Alejandro Amador, realtor for Remax in Guanacaste, about the developing beach towns in Guanacaste and specifically the opportunities in Playa Avellanas, a sleepy surf town 90 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes from Tamarindo. He tells us what's going on, what's the community like, what is being developed, and the listing he has th…
 
This week, we reflect on Dia de Los Muertos, talk about unique ways folks celebrate the holidays, and leave you with a calma practice you can use ahead of those difficult moments with family. We also speak to Mariah Castañeda, the host of the hit new podcast “SmokeScreen: The Sellout.” Mariah is a Los Angeles reporter who covers local politics, env…
 
Cristian Guerrini, Immigration Lawyer, brings us up to date on applying for the Investor Residency Visa and the benefits this residency brings, plus the process to import all of your tax-free products & vehicles. We also get an update on the Digital Nomad Visa, the process and timeline for its release, and approved applications. Contact us info@inv…
 
On this episode of Tamarindo, we interview Linda Yvette Chavez, the co-creator and executive producer of Netflix’s hit series GENTEFIED. We have a beautiful conversation about her journey from first gen hija of Mexican immigrants to her show Gentefied and how she’s learned to fall in love with herself along the way. Season two of Gentefied is out o…
 
On this episode of Tamarindo, get to know more about your hosts, Brenda and Ana Sheila as they tackle a fun question game, answer listener questions about career advice and tips, and surprise each other with unplanned questions. As mentioned on the pod, catch Ana Sheila on this episode of Talk to Mami and Papi About Anything: https://www.talktomami…
 
As we celebrate 50 Podcasts, we chat with Scott Cutter (Episode #1) about what trends he sees post-pandemic, what listings he has that he likes and would invest into, plus he gives his input on the best performing rentals in his portfolio. Scott also gives his input on where he thinks the hidden value in Real Estate is and where the appreciation an…
 
On this episode, we reflect on the end of Hispanic Heritage Month, talk about La Jenny 69, and then learn about the Latinx environmental justice organization, Azul, and their work around protecting the ocean. We speak to Marce Gutiérrez-Graudinš, the founder and Executive Director of Azul, a grassroots organization that works with Latinxs throughou…
 
We chat with MJ Perez of Rev Paradise whom I personally work with on what you can do to make sure your vacation rental in Costa Rica produces a return. We chat about ways you can maximise your revenue by doing small things. She gives her advice on how to use data when managing properties and the key performance indicators you should be watching: th…
 
In our 79th episode, we sit down with Kate Pynoos, a former policy adviser for L.A. City Councilmember Mike Bonin. Kate is now running to represent Council District 13, and tells us how she’s gone from working at the staff level to throwing her own hat into the ring for leadership in the central side of Los Angeles. J.T.…
 
Tamarindo is taking a week off to recharge our pilas. So we invite you to revisit this episode to help you uncover your energy chupacabras and ways to reduce stress. This first aired fall 2019, so you’ll hear us talk about the Democratic debates...ah...remember when the only pandemic we had to worry about was Tr*mp? We learn why stress is not ALL b…
 
We chat today with Rebecca (Becky) Clower, owner and Top Broker for Blue Water Properties about what's going in the Tamarindo, Flamingo & Papagayo areas of Costa Rica. We chat about the cost of land, the price you will pay for a 3-bed condo in each and also when people should look to build v buy. We also cover advice on finding yourself a good buil…
 
Today's episode is done in partnership with Adidas Los Angeles in honor of Latinx Heritage month. We talk about the terms "Latino," "Latinx," and "Hispanic," and the history behind Hispanic Heritage Month, or what we like to call, Latinx Heritage Month. We share how we celebrate this time of year and own reflections on identity. We also give some s…
 
We chat with Jen Harter, top broker for 2CostaRicaRealEstate in Santa Teresa, about what's going on in here area of the country, where the opportunities are and where she would personally invest. We cover the cost of land, things to consider when buying land, the water situation and the cost of land in Santa Teresa, Mal Pais and Manzanillo. We also…
 
You’ve set some big goals or intentions but you can’t seem to get things done. On this episode of Tamarindo, we talk about how to build and sustain better habits that support you whether you want to move your body, eat more vegetables, or start a business/side hustle. We reference our own learnings as 30 somethings, Ana Sheila’s experience as life …
 
We talk with Luis Diego Gutierrez, Architectural Visualizer and Director at Triametry Studio, a company that works in the construction industry creating photorealistic 3D images for unbuilt projects. We discuss common mistakes people make in the planning and building phases, how his company improves the planning process via real 3D and the costs in…
 
For our 77th episode, we sit down for a chat with Kenneth Mejia, the millennial Filipino-American who is trailblazing in his race for the L.A. City Controller’s office. Kenneth and I discuss his upbringing in Los Angeles as the youngest of a single-parent household in the San Fernando Valley, as well as how he came to develop a passion for budgets …
 
We talk with head Architect, Adriana Mora of MG CR Studio, a company that does Architectural Design, master planning, landscape architecture, and project management. She’s based in Guanacaste and is currently working on a variety of projects. She tells us about the building process, her advice on how to make it a successful project, where people go…
 
On this episode we talk curly hair maintenance and manifest a win for Newsom on the California recall (Ana Sheila and Brenda recorded on election day). We talk to Dani Fernandez, an LA based writer and actress that we adore. She wrote in the best-selling book The Good Immigrant USA and has hosted for E! News, Nerdist, CW, and Disney. She can be see…
 
For our 76th episode, we sit down for a chat with Matthew Tinoco, the newest co-host of the LA Podcast. We discuss Matt’s growing up in the San Fernando Valley, as well as the city’s “old” politics there, Matt’s intersectional identity, or Latinx roots, his journalistic work on L.A.’s homelessness crisis since 2015, particularly after the fatal sho…
 
We chat with Alejandro Castro, ex-head of Marketing for Costa Rica's Tourism Board and now boutique hotel developer in Guanacaste about developing, marketing, and branding a property in Costa Rica. We talk about his journey, what he's attempting to do and where he would be investing in Costa Rica based on his experience and knowledge of Costa Rica …
 
We talk to two women that are using their voice to ensure that the lived experiences of people of color in our community are seen and valued through storytelling and policymaking. Specifically, we talk about police brutality and the violence that Latinx folks experience as a direct result of white supremacy and the need to humanize experiences with…
 
For our 75th episode, we sit down for a chat with Brenda Gonzalez, co-host of the Tamarindo Podcast with Sonoro Radio. We discuss the origins of Tamarindo as a unique space for Latinx culture, as well as its extension through Agua Fresca, a new platform publishing Latinx writers from across the U.S. and beyond. Brenda also shouts out her and co-hos…
 
How is the Latinx community consuming media? What progress have we made in Latinx representation? We teamed up with Nielsen to delve into these questions on this episode of Tamarindo. We partnered with Nielsen, a research company that fuels the media industry with the most accurate understanding of what people listen to and watch. We speak to Staci…
 
We talk to Mario (Architect), Mane (Bioclimatic designer), and Marcos (Master Planner) over at Loop Design about building and design in Costa Rica. We chat about bioclimatic design, which involves considering the sun's path and its impact on insulting your home, wind patterns, and how to use them to either reduce AC needs or completely remove them,…
 
In our 74th episode, we chat with Oscar Monroy, a father of four from Echo Park and owner of the recently closed Cuscatleca Bakery along Sunset boulevard. Oscar and I discuss his family’s roots in Los Angeles since the 1970s, and how his parents (hailing from Mexico and El Salvador) first came to establish Panaderia Cuscatleca in the Pico-Union are…
 
Writing when no one is telling our stories is a form of activism and bearing witness to our experiences. On this episode of Tamarindo, we talk to icon and writer, Dr. Ana Castillo, about why she writes, the evolution of her identity, and her latest book of poems, “My Book of the Dead” which is now available. We also discuss what we hope for the fut…
 
We talk to Melanie Engel, Broker, and Owner of Flamingo Beach Realty in the Northern Pacific area of Costa Rica about where she sees the opportunity and deals in Real Estate in her area. She tells us about the community in Flamingo and what anyone looking to invest there can expect of their investment. I ask her about which of her listings she is m…
 
In our 73rd episode, we chat with Jamie Tijerina, a Cal Tech Researcher, president of the Highland Park Neighborhood Trust, and author of The Legacy of Redlining in Los Angeles, a white paper absolutely adored by yours truly. Jamie and I discuss the paper, as well as the city’s egregious pension benefits for L.A.’s former police officers and firefi…
 
We chat with Daniel Loria, owner of Avicennia, a company that focuses on environmental impact studies and project management of people building private homes and hotels here in Costa Rica. Daniel has been doing this for over 16 years and is an expert in building project management as well as environmental impact studies required here in Costa Rica …
 
In our 72nd episode, we chat with Silver Lake resident and Neighborhood Council Representative, Maebe A. Girl (pronouns: she/they). Maebe and I discuss her candidacy for the 28th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, challenging incumbent Adam Schiff, who has held the office since 2001. We also discuss Maebe’s status as the f…
 
We chat with Fred Hayden, Broker for C21, Owner and Developer of Oro Monte in Naranjo, a 28 home community with amazing views of the Central Valley. We discuss the different areas to live in the Central Valley, the cost of housing, and living in Costa Rica. We discuss the climate and community in each area and what to expect if you do visit or live…
 
Most of our community has experienced grief and pain throughout the last year and a half. On this episode of Tamarindo we talk about the process of healing with Alex Purple Liera, an educator, activist, community organizer, and the founder of the Women of Color (WOC) Sister Collective. Alex shares some reflection questions to get you opening up and…
 
In our 71st episode, we chat with Alexandria Contreras (@alexfordowney) (they/them), a queer, non-binary Latinx freeway-fighter in Downey. Alex and I have a magnetic conversation on the white and exclusionary origins of single-family housing in cities like Downey, and how local laws there continue preventing the construction of affordable housing f…
 
We chat with 20-year veteran Larry Graziano about the hidden Gems on the Guanacaste Coastline that not everyone knows about and where he thinks the opportunity is in investing in Costa Rica. We talk about what to look for in a good realtor and also where he thinks the undiscovered beach towns of Costa Rica are and why he thinks they will be develop…
 
Are you feeling stuck or is your to-do list growing? We start this episode with some strategies to tackle those things you keep putting off. You can find a great recap on this post from our instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CSR_hkyFfqD/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link A great resource that explains the matrix that Ana Sheila described can be found…
 
In our 70th episode, we chat with Jose Richard Aviles (@soylamasnalgona), a queer, Latinx planner and multimedia artist with the Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley. Originally an L.A. native from South-Central Los Angeles, Richard describes growing up as an activist in L.A., current efforts in advocacy for “the lived environment over the…
 
We chat today with JP Ortiz about his experience buying land in the Southern Pacific of Costa Rica, his journey, what to look out for when buying in Costa Rica, and the future plans he has to develop vacation rentals on his property. Guests today: JP Ortiz: jpaul.ortiz@gmail.comBy Richard Bexon / JP Ortiz
 
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